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'Slurpee Waves' Make Cold Snap Comeback

'Slurpee Waves' Make Cold Snap Comeback
Blowing snow obscures the view of Peddocks Island as a massive winter storm begins to bear down on the region on Jan. 4, 2018, in Hull, Massachusetts. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:58 AM

"Slurpee waves" have made a cold snap comeback along the Massachusetts coastline as brutally cold temperatures continued to hold fast along the East Coast, the Boston Globe reported.

The newspaper described "Slurpee waves" as slush-like ocean water that rolls slowly toward the shoreline "in a hypnotizing fashion." Photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh told the Globe he was invited to Nantucket's Nobadeer Beach by friends to take pictures of them surfing in the water.

"I drove right up there and I was like, 'Oh my God, the waves are frozen and these guys are out surfing,'" Nimerfroh said, according to the Globe.

He told the newspaper he first saw the so-called "Slurpee waves," named after the frozen beverages sold at 7-Eleven convenience stores, in 2015 will taking pictures in February.

"I was really surprised they came back," Nimerfroh said, per the Globe. "My wife Rebecca had never seen them in person. She was just blown away."

The Cape Cod Times posted a video of "Slurpee waves" on Cape Cod on Tuesday.

London's Daily Mail wrote that salt water freezes at about 28.8 degrees, where breaking waves can deposit layers upon thin layers of ice on the ground, creating the "Slurpee wave" phenomenon. The newspaper said that majority of the sludge people find is often sea ice that has made its way ashore.

Luke Yoquinto, a science and technology writer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, encountered "Slurpee waves" along Nantucket in 2015 and wrote about the experience for Smithsoian.com.

"Far from shore, dark blue seawater was visible, but closer in, curling white waves of frozen slurry were breaking, depositing ice with the consistency of a Slurpee in waist-deep piles on the shoreline," Yoquinto wrote. "Soon we were cruising among those piles on our skis, careful not to stray into the slushy breakers."

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Slush-like ocean water dubbed "Slurpee waves" made a cold snap comeback along the Massachusetts coastline as brutally cold temperatures continued to hold fast along the East Coast.
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